The process of letting go, and knowing what to keep.
My daughter said “It feels good to let go of things!”
This last week has been a busy one.
Last Wednesday, I met with the movers to empty an office space that was being used for storage.
We would be bringing all of it to the house we’re staying in to prep it for a yard sale.
I was flown to Hawaii specifically for this purpose.
My daughter had been paying for the storage for 6 years, since her divorce, and wanted to use the space for a photography studio for her business.
There were 20 stairs to climb and it required 6 strong men to move a three bedroom house that had been crammed into a 10 x 17 foot space.
Living on an island, I discovered that it was harder to come by furniture, and there are many transients, who don’t really invest in the good stuff.
The furniture we would be selling was all solid hard woods from Bali, some antiques, and some upholstered items. And we were hoping to make some money.
As we neared the date, the housekeeper offered her 19 year old son’s help, and I agreed.
After the first day, we started getting a different perspective on what we had, and how much we were willing to part with it.
We extended the yard sale to the second day, as we still had all of the upholstered pieces and most of the case goods left to sell.
Since my daughter is in the process of looking for a house to buy, she decided to keep all of the case goods if we could find a spot in the current rental for them.
The second day, our young man, helped us move the bookcases, night stands, and consoles to various rooms, to be stored until her nest move.
We had visited a consignment store as a backup plan, as the furniture left from the sale needed to be gone before the next weekend as there would be a party.
The consignment store would charge for moving the furniture and keep 50 percent of the sales.
We decided that this would be a last resort.
If the “last resort” was to go to consignment, I figured that even if I slashed our prices we would still make more than if we used consignment.
I was listing on Craigslist and Facebook local sale pages.
We had two balmy days with fragrant tropical breezes, and no rain.
It was like a revelation for my daughter to realize that she could actually keep most of her cherished pieces and make use of them now.
Lesson learned – – –
- storing furniture for 6 years, you’ve paid for it 10 times over at $500 per month
- It cost over $800 to have it moved from storage
- we paid our helper $100 for two days at $10 per hour
- Our profit was about $700
- my daughter now has nice furniture for her new home that she loves, and she will only have to buy some key pieces to fill in
When considering what to let go of and what to keep:
- Try to invest in solid wood furniture with classic lines – it will last your whole life, and has better resale value if you decide to sell it
- Before considering storage, unless it’s for a short period, let your stuff go. Sell it, give it away, consign it.
- The money spent on storing items can go into your savings account and give you a new start later on. Think of the fun you’ll have buying new stuff with all the money you saved.
- It takes a strong back to move furniture. I’ve been sore for two days working that sale, helping to move all of that furniture.
- It costs more money to pay someone to help you move it.
- It’s better to donate useable stuff, than to throw it away. Someone less fortunate can always use it, and it won’t go the land fills.
We took two carloads to the donation center.
I have much gratitude for this valuable lesson.
I met some really nice people in the last two days.
We got to know the neighbors a little more.
My daughter is no longer paying for storage.